Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
"You must not desire . . . anything that belongs to your fellowman." (Exodus 20:17)
The Bible is replete with examples of individuals who have fallen into grievous sin on account of covetousness of one kind or another. Satan was the first to covet something that belonged to someone else - the glory, honor, and authority that are Jehovah's alone. (Revelation 4:11) Eve coveted the right of self-determination, and her being deceived in this regard started the human race down the road to sin and death. (Genesis 3:4-7) The demons were angels who became discontented with "their original position but forsook their own proper dwelling place" for something to which they were not entitled to. (Jude 6; Genesis 6:2) Think, too, of Balaam, Achan, Gehazi, and Judas. Instead of being content with their lot in life, they allowed an inordinate desire for material possessions to cause them to misuse their trust, plunging them into ruin and destruction.
(Watchtower issue: 08/01/07, 1:9)
*the more I learn about the circumstances of individuals in the Bible, the more I realize that no one is ever 'above' failing. Even some of the most faithful & loyal ones who started out good -didn't always remain that way or made serious mistakes along the way. It just goes to show that none of us should ever think we are above scriptural reminders and correction, since that's what it takes to stay on track for the long haul ...
if we wanna "endure to the end" (Matthew 24:13)